If you’re ever driving south through Indiana 0n 65 and you have some kids in the car and they aren’t finding the scenery all that entertaining – stop at Fair Oak Farms.
The home to 30,000 cows (none of which you’ll get to meet personally), the farm includes a play area, a 3D movie (with some surprises), a bus tour, a birthing barn and a restaurant/gift shop. And yes, when they say birthing barn, that’s just what they mean, so be prepared for some questions. You can tell when a calf is about to be born because the traffic light out front turns green – and then the poor cow gets to give birth in front of a packed amphitheater.
The 5yo and I get ready to be entertained in 3D.
The gigantic tramp/pillow was a big hit.
80 calves a day are born at the farm - and you can watch the poor mother cows as they labor to bear their babies. This one had a fairly easy time. The first one we saw was truly in pain and exhausted afterwards.
No matter where you are at the farm, there is glass between you and the cows. There is a 45 minute bus tour - but the bus itself goes down the center of the barn. Here we did get out (behind glass) to watch the cows on the milking carousel..
Each of the 30,000 cows are milked three times a day. (No bulls at Fair Oaks.) They are milked on the Merry Milking Carousel - large enough for 72 cows. They get on and are milked for a total of eight minutes and then they get off. No one tells them to get off, they've learned when to do it. You can see all the cows waiting in line for their turn.